or, dramatic and lyric poet, historian
of the first triumvirate, and literary critic, he
gained lasting fame, and is frequently quoted by
succeeding writers. Among his intimate friends were
Vergil and Horace; cf. Verg.
Ecl. 3.84; 4;
8.6; Hor. Carm. II. 1; Sat. 1.10.42, 85.
58. Nothing further is known of the older brother of
Pollio addressed in c. 12.
The family of the Asinii sprang from Teate, the capital
of the Marrucini, but it is doubtful whether Marrucine in c. 12.1 is simply a distinguishing
epithet. C. Asinius Pollio is the first of the family
known to bear a cognomen, and perhaps that custom was
introduced in his generation, his elder brother taking
the cognomen Marrucinus from the seat of the family.
59. The Caelius of c. 58 is
probably identical with the Caelius of cc. 82 and 100, and